Environment & Energy

Our planet faces unprecedented environmental challenges, threatening ecosystems, species, coastal communities, and all too often, human life itself. Heading the list of threats is climate change, with its promise of drastic environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval. But we also face persistent problems of air and water pollution, toxic wastes, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and other Great Waters, and protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Central to the environmental health of the nation and the planet is decreasing our dependence on energy derived from burning fossil fuels. Our continued reliance on these sources is literally endangering the planet's ability to sustain life as we know it. Yet many policymakers, with the financial and rhetorical support of energy companies bent on making a profit at the cost of the planet's health, continue to resist desperately needed reforms. Read about CPR’s work protecting the environment in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

Obama ozone decision a giant step backward

Obama ozone decision a giant step backward, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 7, 2011)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Rena Steinzor's testimony on industry efforts to delay EPA's toxic chemical risk assessments for the IRIS database

Rena Steinzor's July 14, 2011, testimony on industry efforts to delay EPA's toxic chemical risk assessments for the Integrated Risk Information System database

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 14, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Species conservation not factor in flooding

Species conservation not factor in flooding, by Sandra Zellmer and John Davidson

Type: Op-Eds (July 12, 2011)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
Letter to OMB re EPA's Integrated Risk Information System database, responding to American Chemistry Council

Letter to OMB re EPA's Integrated Risk Information System database, responding to American Chemistry Council letter calling for submission of all current IRIS evaluations to be submitted to the National Academy of Sciences, in an effort to "grind this process to a slow walk."

Type: Letters to Agencies (July 8, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Wendy Wagner
Letter to OIRA re Chemicals of Concern listings

Letter to OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein re Chemicals of Concern listings under TSCA

Type: Letters to Agencies (June 20, 2011)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor
Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation
Type: Reports (June 10, 2011)
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman, Catherine O'Neill, Yee Huang, William Andreen, Victor Flatt, Bill Funk, Dale Goble, Alice Kaswan, Robert Verchick
Ending Dirty Energy Policy: Prelude to Climate Change

A transformative energy policy – one that favors energy efficiency and renewable resources – can occur only after the United States has abandoned the traditional fossil fuel energy policy, redesigned regulatory systems to open new markets and promote competition among new energy providers, and stimulated private-sector commercial and venture capital investment in energy innovations that can be brought to commercial scale and marketability. In 2006 book, Ending Dirty Energy Policy: Prelude to Climate Change, published by Cambridge University Press, CPR Member Scholar Joseph Tomain explores these issues, offering what one reviewer calls, "a remarkably clear, cogent, and insightful assessment of our options and a plausible path forward."

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Author(s): Joseph Tomain
Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation

Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation, CPR White Paper 1107

Type: Reports (May 26, 2011)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
In Making Disaster Plans, We Have to Imagine the Worst Case

In Making Disaster Plans, We Have to Imagine the Worst Case, by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (April 29, 2011)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick

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